Best way to acquire diverse small flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zeusrekning, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. zeusrekning

    zeusrekning Out Of The Brooder

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    Please excuse me if I posted this in the wrong area, but I figured that acquiring my small flock will be the first step of managing my flock.
    I want 4 hens for my two children to help raise,(for eggs,fertilizer, and the good lesson).
    I would like , gentle, large egged, beautiful birds.
    My choices are: 1 EE (gentle , blue/green eggs, beautiful) , 1 buff orpington (friendly , good looking) , 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte (beautiful , eggs) 1 black copper maran (egg color)
    What I was wondering is, will it be very difficult to get just these 4 birds? I see that pet chicken site has the first 3 and a maran . Im not sure my location meets the requirement for 3 chick minimum.
    I only know one family that would ,maybe, split an order with me. I could also just wait till easter when my local feed store gets there chicks and pick up four of what they have. But, they buy from Mt. Healthy . Which looks fine, but they don't have the specific breeds I want. And im leery that they market there EE's as araucanas .
    Just not sure if Im worry too much about getting specific breeds considering the reasons im getting chicks in the first place.

    Thanks,

    BTW. Im still firm in that I only want four chicks , knowing this will change . I originally planed on 3. [​IMG] But I feel I have to originally stick with 4. If I had to absolutely get a couple more they would need to be quick to eat bird and I'm not so prepared for that yet.
     
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  2. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like going to swap meets. People sell their birds and you can pretty much get what you like, at least I always have. You've chosen some nice breeds too....you'll have a colorful egg basket:)
     
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    You seem to have thought this out fairly well! If you got the BCM eggs as well as some chicks, everything would be very complicated. I advise you to get Cuckoo instead. My Pet Chicken should be fine to order from.
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    zeus--I can just tell that you are going to end up with more than 4 chickens! [​IMG]
    You are going to see those fluffy butts and not be able to resist....So build a coop that can handle a few more.
    If I were you, I would wait until the local feed stores have a good assortment. They might also special order yours in with their order. Having just a few shipped is absolutely nerve-wracking, and harder on them than being in with a larger order. You should be able to get all of those at a similar age at the height of the chick season, except black copper marans. If they are just a few days apart in age you can throw them together no problem. But, trust me, you will end up with a few other ones....if not the first year, the next.
     
  5. SC_Hugh

    SC_Hugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We wanted a little variety, so we got 2 of 2 (2 Cochins and 2 Dominiques) at a local feed store. All are brown egg layers, except Ricky the rooster, he just eats a lot [​IMG]

    Ask around at your local feed stores and find out which of them orders/sells chicks in the spring. That will give you plenty of time to build your coop and run. I am currently building a small 4'x4' coop for my incoming spring chickens [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] My feed store will let me know what breeds they will be getting when they place their order in 2010.

    Four chickens is a good number to start with, but I already want more eggs so that I can give a few away...so I will order more!

    --Hugh
     
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  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    That's what we did. We went to the local feed store in the spring and said "Give us a couple of those, and three of those, and a few of those, and maybe some of those, too..."
     
  7. zeusrekning

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  8. SC_Hugh

    SC_Hugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is a nice setup! [​IMG] Built strong with all the bells and whistles.

    I just started on my 4'x4' coop, so far I built the frame and primed the frame structure. I need to paint the finish coat and then attach the walls.

    --Hugh
     
  9. Theolyn

    Theolyn Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my mixed flock in September. I drove 3 hours to the nearest hatchery. They delivered my order to the feed store down the street. I figure the 6 hours of driving saved my chicks 2 maybe 3 stressful days in the US postal service.

    Silly, I know. But I love them! [​IMG]
     
  10. cnjtnt

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    If you are looking for Chicks, may be a bit tougher. If you want to get them as adolescents or adults, you could keep en eye on craigslist. We planned on 3 or 4, came home with 5. We are now planning on another 5 or 6 in spring. I definitely suggest doubling the amount of space you've planned.
     

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